Boeing’s 747 is perhaps the most iconic commercial airplane of all time. Introduced half a century ago in 1968, it was a technological marvel and a dependable workhorse. Through that time, they’ve built more than 1,500 of these winged beasts. Production has recently dropped way off, and Boeing’s customers have stopped…
The music and the aviation worlds were wowed recently by the iconic metal band Iron Maiden’s unveiling of their tour plane, a 747-400 with their name blazed across it. Sadly, less than a month later, and early in Iron Maiden’s tour, the jumbo jet has been badly damaged in a ground mishap in Chile.
RC aircraft builders strive for extreme accuracy in their scaled-down versions of real-life planes. And what looks like one of Virgin Atlantic’s 747-400s doing a low-pass fly-by is actually an 18-feet long RC model of the airliner built and piloted by Adi Pitz.
This incredible aircraft is modeled after the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet and pretty much mimics it in every way, except it’s at 1/13 scale. Which makes it a very enormous model airplane! Its wingspan is 16 feet wide, its nearly 18 feet long, and it weighs about 150 pounds. Built by Adi Pitz, it’s pretty damn incredible. It…
Typhoon Soudelor tore through Taiwan and coastal China over the weekend, reportedly killing more than 20 people. While winds gusted up to 180 miles per hour over the ocean, the angry air eased to tropical storm status once it made landfall. Even so, that was enough to make this 747 parked at Taipei test its tethers.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has recently begun sending back the first color images of Pluto and Charon, and they are spectacular. But prior to the probe making its close approach to Pluto on July 14th, scientists have been scouting Pluto’s atmosphere using a 98-inch telescope mounted inside a highly modified Boeing…
The Boeing 747 is an iconic aircraft that singlehandedly pushed the airline industry into the jumbo jet age. Sitting derelict at the Museum of Flight for 14 years, the very first of its kind is currently undergoing a rigorous restoration process to restore its former glory.
After the Carter Administration's cancellation of the B-1A program due to fiscal concerns, the rise of air-launched cruise missiles and the possibility of developing a stealth bomber, Boeing put forward a low-risk, relatively cheap, cruise missile delivery vehicle alternative based on the mighty 747. It was called the…
A trio of Boeing fuselages wound up in the Clark Fork River this week, when a train carrying the aircraft derailed near Superior, Montana. Thankfully, no one was injured – but we can't help but wonder what Boeing intends to do with these castoff parts. See more photos of the aftermath by Kyle Massick at King 5 News.
It won't quite give you access to the mile high club, but if you're harboring deep down fantasies involving a romance with an airplane mechanic, MotoArt's new Jumbo 747 Sleeper should scratch that itch.
Air travel did have a Golden Age. There was more space, classier interiors and bolder designs. You don't even have to go back to the 50s and 60s to see that. Here are some of the actual cabin interiors for the Boeing 747s in the 1970s. They are awesome.
A Boeing 747 can carry 48,445 gallons (183,380 liters) of fuel in a labyrinth of tanks so large that people can actually walk and crawl inside them. Can't believe it? Just watch.
This is crazy: watch this 747 trying to take off on its own in the middle of a airplane boneyard in the Mojave desert, California. It happened last week, May 23, when a low pressure zone brought 70mph winds to the area.
The Space Shuttle Discovery just made its last flight ever atop a 747, where it'll be laid to rest at the Smithsonian for the public to appreciate. We won't see something like this again for a long, long time.
Charts are fun! They basically make the Internet go 'round these days, what with the sharing, the memes and the Reddit and whatnot. But not this one! This one is depressing. Ladies and gents, the U.S. debt, in visual form.
Boeing has two new planes, the 747-8 Intercontinental and the 747-8 Freighter. They are testing all their systems now. That includes the brakes, which means a rejected takeoff test with a fully loaded plane. This is how they did it:
This Boeing 747-400 didn't crash on the Golden Gate Bridge, but it sure made a very close pass. The photo was taken by Brad Waler during San Francisco Fleet Week. On video, the United's aircraft approach is even more impressive.
Passengers returning to Sydney from San Francisco were treated to a delightful pyrotechnic show as a special treat from Qantas. A mesmerizing cascade of flame and sparks! Coming from their 747's engine. Which exploded after taking off. Wait a second.
Click to viewWhere do 747s go when they die? In this particular case: Malibu, to become a luxury home. And that's not just a flight of fancy—the construction is on pace to be completed later this year. A closer look: